The Appellate Group

In re H.H.

In re H.H., 2024 UT App 25 (Harris, J.)

Child Welfare

In separate appeals, Parents challenged the termination of their parental rights to Children. In a single opinion, the Utah Court of Appeals affirmed, holding in part: 

  • The process followed by the juvenile court did not violate Parents’ constitutional rights, and DCFS made reasonable efforts to facilitate reunification.
  • Practice tip: The appellate court rejected the contention that parental rights can never be terminated where children are in a kinship placement.
  • Note: This 62-page opinion considers claims of constitutional law, ineffective assistance of counsel, sufficiency of the evidence, the “strictly necessary” aspect of the termination of parental rights, and rule 59 of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.

Read the full court opinion